The challenges of womanhood range widely depending on where in the world you're standing. While some women face discrimination and pressure to adhere to beauty standards, others grapple with sex trafficking, racial identity and religious recognition. Although it would take a lifetime to explore the various perspectives of each woman and child, the following 10 photographs open doors to perspectives you'd otherwise, perhaps, never see or consider.
"Take Ten," a photographic exhibition at the School at the International Center of Photography, features 10 contemporary, international female photographers, all alumnae of ICP’s full-time Programs, who use photography in various forms to visualize the sundry critical issues facing women today. The images provide a keyhole into various places and scenarios around the globe, providing a view of the unseen, and voices for the underrepresented.
"Women’s engagement with photography goes back to the origins of the process and women photographers made crucial contributions to photojournalistic practice from its beginnings," said exhibition co-curator Alison Morley, who collaborated with Nancy Borowick for the show. "From Jessie Tarbox Beals to Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White, women demonstrated the tenacity and dedication required to envision and carry out long-form reportage, whether their subject was the Dust Bowl or prison life or war."
Behold, 10 international female artists telling their stories through photography.
"Take Ten" runs from January 17, 2015 through March 15, 2015 at The School at ICP.